Thursday, May 26, 2011

Astrologer Henri Llewelyn Davies: Telegraph kids of the enlightenment dance on her grave

Henrietta Llewelyn Davies: 1954-2011
In March I reported the untimely death of the astrologer Henrietta Llewelyn Davies. I now see that earlier this month the Telegraph ran an obit of her - the writer thankfully has avoided the compulsory scepticism about astrology that's usually affected in the 'rational' British media.

Which is more than can be said of the preposterous, idiotic scum who have left abusive comments on the obit web page: a parade of numbskull prejudice all the more emboldened by anonymity. There's even a 'Didn't she see it coming' remark of her death at 56.

If you imagine the abandonment of any spiritual interest necessarily spawns greater, finer, more discriminating intelligence in the secular Arcadia then think again. Pig-ignorance thrives whatever the intellectual fashion, wherever there's a well to spit down.

I'm also astonished that hardly any of the notable writers who plagued Henri's life morning, noon and night for psychic guidance have responded publicly to her death. It's no exaggeration to say that Henri gave moral and psychic support to a great many highly educated, highly regarded individuals. More often than not her counsel was spot on.

Sceptics of her work can only dream up reductive dismissals as they sleepwalk their way to the reassuring antiseptic of the Dignitas death camp in Switzerland.

The Telegraph obit is of course remarkably thin on biographical detail and makes too much of the Daphne du Maurier connection. Aside from her consultancy work she also wrote star sign columns for Cosmo, Woman's Own and TV Times, and a celebrity-astrological series for The Times and Teletext ITV/C4. Still, it's not every day that a broadsheet marks the passing of an astrologer. We should be grateful for that I suppose.

(And Henri, if you're reading this, sorry about Madame Arcati. I'm not responsible for the internet)

To read the obit click here

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

A welcome gust of fury. Did I imagine that 'Madame' was banned from her funeral? Perhaps you should tell us why.

Madame Arcati said...

Was I banned? Perhaps you're hallucinating.

Ciaran Rehill said...

She looked nice.

Anonymous said...

I'm not hallucinating. Why not write your own obit. I suspect it would surprise people, if you were honest (for once).

Mother said...

Madame should abandon her fury (which seems troubled) and focus on Henrietta's unfathomable gift. Madame tries to wrestle with the mainstream world which is futile. Much better to just practise what you know.

Liz said...

I gave Henri her first chance on Woman's Own as I was impressed with her work and she went on to become a famous clairvoyant. Agree with Victor that most people who rubbish astrology know nothing whatever about it; same as those who rubbish homeopathy. I say -spend two years closely studying these subjects, without prejudice and then come back and make your - now informed - comments

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you Liz - Henri and I often laughed about the editor Bridget Rowe - Bridget very much championed Henri's work while alas Bridget and I had a less happy outcome. We decided to learn something from our different experiences.

Anonymous said...

What was Henri's starsign?

Madame Arcati said...

Virgo

Anonymous said...

Oh well that explains it then . . .

Anonymous said...

I was a client of Henri's for the three hardest years of my life. To say she helped me through them and probably saved my life at times would not be an understatement.

And No, it wasn't simply because of her precise predictions it was because of her warmth and kindness. Her encouragement and optimism was what made her so special. Having spoken to Henri I would always feel better about any situation. I don’t doubt some people go to therapy or counselling for that feeling.

More Power to your Elbow Henri and Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Is 'Liz' Rowe then?

the real Mystic Meg said...

fucking ill mannered cunts. How the fuck do they know she 'didn't see it coming' the ignorant pricks !

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you Meg, or more likely, whoever.

On more than one occasion Henri said she felt she would not make old bones, though this was based more on untimley deaths in her family, I felt, than on psychic intuition.

Sadly we didn't talk in the last three years of her life, and certainly none of her friends thought to tell me of her illnesses, so I can't say more than that.

Liz said...

I am not sure that Bridget Rowe was editor when I introduced Henri to Woman's Own. She may have been but I can't now remember. Anyway, there were some startling insights and both staff and readers were impressed. It was ages ago now and at the time Henri was married to a former photographer from the FT; think that marriage ended but again, not sure.

Madame Arcati said...

Thanks Liz, Henri was married briefly to Michael Colmer who's now assistant editor of Psychic World, among other things. I am sooo relieved to learn you're not Bridget Rowe.